Ed Kurtz http://michiganradio.org en Flint's emergency manager submitting resignation, as expected http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-submitting-resignation-expected <p>Flint’s Emergency Manager submitted his letter of resignation today.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Ed Kurtz has long said he planned to step down at the close of the fiscal year at the end of June. &nbsp;His letter of resignation simply makes that official.</p><p></p><p>Kurtz was appointed as Flint’s emergency financial manager last summer, after the city’s previous emergency manager had to step down because of changes in the law.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 18:52:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 12793 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's emergency manager submitting resignation, as expected Income taxes could go up in Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/income-taxes-could-go-flint <p>Last night, Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-budget-balanced-multimillion-dollar-deficits-loom">reported on the city of Flint's budget</a>.</p><p>While the emergency manager delivered a balanced budget for next year, the city council was concerned the budget cuts would negatively impact basic city services.&nbsp;</p><p>This morning, MLive and the Flint Journal reported that the emergency manager, Ed Kurtz, wants to raise income taxes in order to stabilize the city's finances.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 18:22:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12662 at http://michiganradio.org Income taxes could go up in Flint In this morning’s news: Democratic insurance reform, tax increase in Flint, state officer salaries http://michiganradio.org/post/morning-s-news-democratic-insurance-reform-tax-increase-flint-state-officer-salaries <p><strong>Detroit Democrats propose auto insurance reform</strong></p><p>Democratic state lawmakers from Detroit are proposing their own strategy to overhaul auto insurance in Michigan.</p><p>“The Democrats oppose Governor Snyder’s plan to cap insurance payouts for catastrophic injuries sustained in car accidents...Detroit caucus members say they’ll propose other measures, like requiring insurance companies to justify rate increases,” Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-state-lawmakers-suggest-alternative-auto-insurance-changes"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Flint’s EM recommends income tax increase</strong></p><p>Flint’s emergency manager says his budget plan for the next year is balanced, but he warns that without new tax revenue sources, the city will again fall into debt.</p><p>“[Emergency Manager Ed] Kurtz says the loss of grant funding and declining property tax revenues will leave the city millions of dollars in the hole each year through 2018. Kurtz says Flint needs to raise its city income tax rate. Otherwise, Kurtz says Flint will face another round of budget cuts, including to police and fire,” according to Michigan Radio’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/flints-budget-balanced-multimillion-dollar-deficits-loom">Steve Carmody.</a></p><p><strong>Salaries for state officials expected to stay the same</strong></p><p>“A state salary commission is expected to recommend no salary hikes for the governor or legislators. Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders sent word they’re not seeking bigger paychecks. There could be a battle over judges’ salaries, though, when the State Officers Compensation Commission meets today. Some judges have asked for a bump after a 10-year salary freeze,” Rick Pluta reports.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 11:20:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12656 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning’s news: Democratic insurance reform, tax increase in Flint, state officer salaries Flint's budget balanced, but multimillion-dollar deficits loom http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-budget-balanced-multimillion-dollar-deficits-loom <p>Flint’s emergency manager is delivering a balanced budget for next year, but the future may not be as bright.</p><p>The city of Flint is closing out its current fiscal year with a balanced budget. Emergency Manager Ed Kurtz says next year’s budget should be balanced as well. City officials gave state Treasury Department officials a briefing on the budget, before showing Flint’s city council the plan.</p><p>Flint city council members expressed concern that the proposed FY2014 budget is a little too tight.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12649 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's budget balanced, but multimillion-dollar deficits loom Flint's emergency manager to rollout the city's FY2014 budget today http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-rollout-citys-fy2014-budget-today <p>Flint’s emergency manager will unveil the city’s budget plan for next year later today.</p><p></p><p>Elected officials in most Michigan cities have spent the past month or so holding public meetings to discuss and get public feedback on their spending plans for next year.</p><p></p><p>But in Flint, the emergency manager has sidelined the mayor and city council</p><p></p><p>So the budget has been drafted behind closed doors.</p><p></p><p>The plan will be made public late this afternoon, after state officials have had a look and possibly made some changes.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 04:23:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12635 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's emergency manager to rollout the city's FY2014 budget today Mayor Dayne Walling on financial future of Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-dayne-walling-financial-future-flint <p></p><p></p><p>Flint’s Emergency Manager, Ed Kurtz, says he will resign come June 30<sup>th</sup>, which may put Flint a step closer to returning to local control. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling talks with Jennifer White about the financial future of Flint.</p><p>Flint’s city council recently passed a resolution asking Governor Rick Snyder to remove the city’s emergency manager and appoint a transition advisory team.</p><p>“There are a number of requirements in the law that would have to be met by the appointed manager before a transition board could be put in place, such as the adoption of a two-year budget. So, city council leadership and I have been calling on for those steps to get done as soon as possible. The city of Flint does face financial challenges, let’s get addressed as soon as possible so we can move on,” says Mayor Walling.</p><p>When asked how financially healthy Flint is right now, Walling says:</p><p>“It’s marginally stable. But our position is that it’s going to take some long-term planning, some serious community partnerships to get the city to where it’s more sustainable going forward. And that work cannot be done effectively by an appointed manager.”</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 13:51:57 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 12452 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor Dayne Walling on financial future of Flint Could there be a "Water War" between Flint and Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-there-be-water-war-between-flint-and-detroit <p>A battle is brewing over where the city of Flint will get its tap water.</p><p></p><p>Last month, the Flint city council voted to join a project to get fresh water from Lake Huron. &nbsp;&nbsp;Supporters say the project will save the city millions of dollars by replacing its current water source: the city of Detroit.</p><p></p><p>But the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is asking the state Treasury Department to veto the plan.</p><p></p><p>Bill Johnson is with the DWSD. He says state officials need to step in to prevent a “water war.”</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:47:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 11970 at http://michiganradio.org Could there be a "Water War" between Flint and Detroit? Flint city council asks governor to begin the process away from an emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-asks-governor-begin-process-away-emergency-manager <p>The Flint City Council has taken a first step toward taking back control of the city’s finances.</p><p>The council last night unanimously passed a resolution asking Governor Rick Snyder to remove the city’s emergency manager.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Flint city officials want the governor to replace the emergency manager with a transition team to phase out state control of the city’s finances over two years.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 04:27:20 +0000 Jake Neher 11862 at http://michiganradio.org Flint city council asks governor to begin the process away from an emergency manager Flint leaders look to emerge from emergency manager control http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-look-emerge-emergency-manager-control <p>The Flint city council is expected to vote tonight on a plan that may set the stage for the city to emerge from state oversight.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The council will consider asking the governor to appoint a “receivership transition advisory board.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says the board would guide the city after the departure of the emergency manager.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“This is an area of the law that we want to take advantage of,” says Walling, “We want assistance with our revenue estimates…with budget amendments.”</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 04:07:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11833 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders look to emerge from emergency manager control Flint city council to consider signing on to water pipeline project http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-consider-signing-water-pipeline-project <p>A decision could come tonight that may determine if the city of Flint will look elsewhere to get its tap water.</p><p></p><p>The Flint city council will consider whether to sign on with a project to build a pipeline to carry water from Lake Huron to Genesee, Lapeer and Sanilac Counties.</p><p></p><p>The quarter billion dollar <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2010/10/karegnondi_water_authority_set.html">Karegnondi Water Authority</a> project has been in the discussion stages for years, but actual work on the pipeline may begin soon.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 04:44:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11724 at http://michiganradio.org Flint city council to consider signing on to water pipeline project Flint telling people who haven't paid their city income tax: Pay Up Now http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-telling-people-who-havent-paid-their-city-income-tax-pay-now <p>The city of Flint is hoping to collect some unpaid city income taxes. The money could help reduce Flint’s crushing budget deficit.</p><p></p><p>The city of Flint is struggling to reduce its $19 million budget deficit.</p><p></p><p>To chip away at part of that, city officials plan to pressure people who haven’t paid their city income taxes for a while.</p><p></p><p>The city estimates that it’s owed between $300,000 and $400,000 in unpaid income taxes for just 2010.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 05:23:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 11590 at http://michiganradio.org Flint telling people who haven't paid their city income tax: Pay Up Now Companies refuse to pay Flint false alarm bills http://michiganradio.org/post/companies-refuse-pay-flint-false-alarm-bills <p>Alarm companies in Flint are refusing to pay nearly $134,000 in bills from the city of Flint related to police response to false alarm calls.<br><br>David Harris of the <a href="http://bit.ly/Y8IJ38">Flint Journal</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>The Burglar and Fire Alarm Association of Michigan is fighting a policy in Flint that bills the alarm company directly as opposed to the customer, said Karen Majeske, the association's board director.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:41:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11505 at http://michiganradio.org Companies refuse to pay Flint false alarm bills Flint's mayor talks about violent crime, budget deficit and 'reconstruction' http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-mayor-talks-about-violent-crime-budget-deficit-and-reconstruction <p>Flint mayor Dayne Walling says his city must now make a transition to an era of 'reconstruction' after a 'generation of decline.'</p><p></p><p>Walling told the audience at his ‘State of the City’ address Monday that in order to begin that transition Flint must deal with its crime problem.</p><p></p><p>Flint had the worst violent crime rate in the nation last year.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“We have lost too many lives. Too many of our promising youth who were confined to environments that were always dangerous and all too often became deadly,” Walling told his audience.</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 01:17:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 11288 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's mayor talks about violent crime, budget deficit and 'reconstruction' Flint outsourcing trash collection http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-outsourcing-trash-collection <p>A private company will start picking up Flint’s residential trash next month.</p><p>Emergency Financial Manager Ed Kurtz says Republic Services can handle Flint’s waste collection for a million dollars a year less than the city can itself. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The two sides signed a contract this week.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:29:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11118 at http://michiganradio.org Flint outsourcing trash collection State changing the hiring rules for Michigan's emergency financial managers http://michiganradio.org/post/state-changing-hiring-rules-michigans-emergency-financial-managers <p>The state Treasury Department is changing the rules for people hired by emergency financial managers.</p><p></p><p>Barnett Jones was hired last year as Flint’s Public Safety Administrator by the city’s emergency manager. &nbsp;He resigned earlier this month after it was discovered he had a second full time job as the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department security director.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:11:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 10907 at http://michiganradio.org State changing the hiring rules for Michigan's emergency financial managers 'Concern' over the phase out of Michigan's Personal Property Tax http://michiganradio.org/post/concern-over-phase-out-michigans-personal-property-tax <p>Flint’s Emergency Financial Manager says he’s ‘concerned’ about ending Michigan’s Personal Property tax.</p><p></p><p>Governor Snyder signed the phase out of the tax on business equipment today.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Flint relies on the tax for about 10% of its property tax revenues.</p><p></p><p>Ed Kurtz is Flint’s Emergency Financial Manager. &nbsp;&nbsp;He hopes the legislature will help cities replace the money they’ll lose. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Kurtz needs every dollar he can get to lift Flint from its multi-million dollar budget deficit.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:13:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 10485 at http://michiganradio.org 'Concern' over the phase out of Michigan's Personal Property Tax Flint leaders to talk with state officials about water pipeline http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-talk-state-officials-about-water-pipeline <p>Leaders from Flint will meet with state officials in Lansing tomorrow. The conversation will be about water.</p><p></p><p>Flint has been getting its municipal water from Detroit’s water system for more than 30 years.&nbsp; &nbsp;But Flint officials say the Detroit water is becoming more and more expensive, and their city needs an alternative.</p><p></p><p>They want to be part of a project to tap water from Lake Huron.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 01:02:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 9723 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders to talk with state officials about water pipeline Flint's Smith Village moves forward http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-smith-village-moves-forward <p>A stalled housing project in Flint is finally moving forward.</p><p></p><p>Smith Village has been a longtime headache for Flint city leaders.</p><p></p><p>The Smith Village project started in 1998 when the federal government gave the city of Flint money to build low and moderate income homes. &nbsp;The plan was to rebuild a neighborhood with more than 80 new, low-to-moderate income homes.</p><p></p><p>But numerous delays and lawsuits stalled the development.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:50:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 9255 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's Smith Village moves forward Flint to resume tearing down blighted homes http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-resume-tearing-down-blighted-homes <p>The city of Flint is restarting its derelict home demolition program.</p><p></p><p>The program was stalled earlier this year because of a lack of money.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s Emergency Financial Manager Ed Kurtz says the city plans to use some federal grant money to tear down abandoned homes that have become public safety problems.</p><p></p><p>“Hopefully, with the 2.3 million we can maybe get somewhere…around 300 homes,” says Kurtz,&nbsp; “Just to put it into perspective….there’s probably some ten thousand properties in the city that would be subject to demolition.”</p><p></p> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:24:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 9102 at http://michiganradio.org Flint to resume tearing down blighted homes Flint's Citizens Bank is being sold to Ohio bank http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-citizens-bank-being-sold-ohio-bank <p>There are concerns that Flint could lose a major corporate headquarters.</p><p></p><p>Flint-based <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_Republic_Bancorp">Citizens Bank</a> is being bought by <a href="http://www.snl.com/irweblinkx/file.aspx?IID=100241&amp;FID=14531770">an Ohio bank</a> for nearly a billion dollars.</p><p></p><p>Citizens has been an important institution in Flint since the bank was founded in 1871. &nbsp;Citizens Bank loaned General Motors founder William Durant money he needed to start his manufacturing career.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:15:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 9079 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's Citizens Bank is being sold to Ohio bank